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Arroz con pollo, fillet salteado (with a spicy sauce), and a fragrant seafood paella (allow 30 minutes for preparation) are the time-honored Cuban and Spanish dishes served at this branch of the original Columbia, which was founded in Tampa in 1905. Befitting its cuisine, the restaurant is more like an airy Spanish villa, with many archival family photos; a white-stucco exterior; and an atrium dining room full of palm trees, hand-painted tiles, and decorative arches. Table not ready? Linger in the courtyard, listen to the fountains, and enjoy a glass of homemade sangria or a refreshing mojito.

Updated: 04-10-2013

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    The Worst Restaurant in St. Augustine

    The waitress was new; opened our bottle of wine and nearly poured the entire contents into both glasses. Didn't show us the bottle, cork, nor did she pour a taste.

    From there, it all declined. Food was horrendous, lukewarm and "collosal shrimp" was the size of popcorn shrimp. A platter consisting of pork, beef and a empanada was inedible. Pork was so tough it couldn't be cut, beef was tender but almost cold and empanada was so bogged down with gravy that it was soggy and also served barely lukewarm. At a cost of nearly $100.00, it was deplorable. We asked for the waiter and the food was comped, however, the evening was ruined. This is the second time this has happened at this restaurant. It will not be given another chance.

    by klqkauai, 9/4/09
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    A disaster unfolding

    Everything that could go wrong did. There is a serious management oversight here. The kitchen was understaffed, with people who did not care. The crabcake appetizer (30 minutes) came as a pile of crabmeat. The food was mediocre at best, generally lacking any sign of creative inspiration. Our waitress did not know the true flavor of Corvina, describing it as strong and harsh. The featured wine was swill. They tried to seat us, a 2-top, in the worst possible place. I am afraid that the Columbia is in need of soome help from St. Augustine.

    by ChefdOr, 3/11/08

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