While some visitors may come to St. Augustine for the beach views and the historical buildings, others know another secret altogether.
St. Augustine may have sunny beaches year-round, but it’s the many different types of dining experiences that really satisfy visitors.
Below are ten of the most sensational St. Augustine restaurants to visit this year.
Location: 40 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Catch 27 is a decidedly minimal and tiny joint, but it has some divinely-prepared local seafood. The menu includes blackened seasonal fish, shrimp and grits, and undoubtedly the tastiest Minorcan chowder in the city.
Catch 27 is open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with an additional hour on Fridays and Saturdays. Dishes range from $10 to $25 for locally-prepared seafood.
Location: 9 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Gas is located right across the scenic Bridge of Lions and offers a delicious wide-spectrum of burger options, forgoing the traditional city menu of seafood. The menu reaches its pinnacle with the Cajun-inspired grouper as well as the prepared-to-perfection Jalapeno Popper burger.
Mojo Old City BBQ
Location: 5 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Meat and BBQ grills- it’s an eternal combination. The team at Mojo Old City BBQ crafts surprisingly elegant barbeque staples in a nostalgic New York City blues décor. The restaurant is rather spacious and family friendly, with a large outdoor patio. There’s no water view, but you are treated to views of the historic cottages by uptown St. Augustine.
It’s open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with an extra hour at night on Thursdays and hours to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Location: 72 Spanish St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
The Floridian is known for having one of the most impressive vegan menus in the city, but also hosts meat and dairy options from purely locally-sourced ingredients. The décor is quaint and quintessentially St. Augustine. An outdoor patio sits in downtown and the inside has two main dining areas- one by the full bar and the other in a beach-themed antique room.
The Floridian is closed Tuesdays, but open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every other day, with extended hours to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Location: 110 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
The Ice Plant has a history that could take up a short book of compelling details and facts. The bar and café is located at the top of the St. Augustine distillery in an old manufactured Prohibition-esque ice plant.
The Ice Plant is famous for its stunning and original cocktail mixes and its impressive half-off Happy Hour. It’s a major tourist attraction, a bar, local café, and an experience all in one.
The Ice Plant is open from 11:30 to 2 a.m. nightly (12 a.m. on Sundays).
Location: 108 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Blackfly carries this attractive art-deco aesthetic that permeates the space. From the menu to the décor, the ambiance is one of vibrant art, colorful menu choices, and delightful seafood. Grab the catch of the day, sushi, or pizza.
Blackfly is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with extended hours to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Location: 25 Granada St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Café Alcazar is your classy lunch café, with white-robed linen in an illustrious space by the fashionable Lightner Museum. The menu is high-end New American with European inspirations, featuring items like escargot, Pasta Zoratoa, and Paninis Alcazar.
This is not a dinner location. It is only open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but it is a premier spot for visitors wanting to sit in one of the gorgeous historic buildings in the city while enjoying a delectable organic lunch-time meal.
Location: 119 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Prohibition Kitchen is one of the newest entries to the St. Augustine restaurants, and it has quickly proved its mettle. Boasting a mix of Prohibition-era aesthetics and retro-themed dinner options, the Prohibition Kitchen is a revisionist dream. Come decked out in classic 1930’s American attire for a special treat.
You can find live entertainment almost daily. Reservations are recommended. It is open from noon to midnight. And like traditional St. Augustine hours, it is also open late on Fridays and Saturdays, to 1:30 a.m.
Location: 134 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Crave may only be a food truck, but it has been a staple in St. Augustine for a few years now. Its incredible reputation is well deserved. The organic food truck delivers on fish and meat burritos and tacos freshly-prepared with top-tier ingredients. There’s also something in the dressing that can’t be explained, but it’s divine.
You get a water view on the outside picnic area. It can only be found open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., but it offers some of the finest lunch items in the whole city.
Michael’s Tasting Room
Location: 25 Cuna St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Michael’s Tasting Room has authentic Spanish and Puerto Rican cuisine handled to perfection in St. Augustine. The wine list includes some of the most eclectic options in the city, and the casual atmosphere offers a nice view of downtown. Order brisket, short ribs, salmon, filet mignon, scallops, or rare seared ahi tuna with live Spanish music soothingly ringing in the background.
It is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day, and closed Mondays.