One of the best parts of living in St. Augustine (besides the fabulous beaches) is dining at our great restaurants.
Here is a list of my favorites for 2020:
Collage Restaurant is a refined restaurant in the St. Augustine Historic District that has a distinct international flair and presentation. It’s by far one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, but unfortunately requires reservations with at least 2 weeks advance notice.
Michaels Steak and Seafood is a delicious upscale steakhouse which has been awarded the Excellence award from Wine Spectator for the past 11 years. Michaels is also located in the walking district off St. George Street, and has a substantial wine list for the connoisseur.
Raintree (another winner of the Wine Spectator Excellence award) offers a wonderful dining experience in a renovated historic home with extensive outdoor seating and ample parking. They have a sophisticated wine list and elegant entrees with a cross between southern fare and seafood specials.
Preserved is located off the historic Martin Luther King Blvd, and boasts of an award winning chef Brian Whittington - a James Beard nominee – who will serve you delicious dishes that are locally sourced and always organic. The restaurant is located in a lovingly restored Victorian with seating outside on the wrap-around porch and a spacious courtyard.
Ice Plant is located on the outskirts of historic St. Augustine on Riberia Street in – as the name implies – an old ice plant. Today, it’s considered to be one of the best places to get cocktails in St. Augustine, as it shares space with the St. Augustine Distillery. Not only does this funky hipster hangout offer unique cocktails, but they serve up delicious food and locally sourced seafood for the freshest cuisine around.
The Floridian is the best restaurant for southern fare and offers a truly amazing assortment of locally baked (and decadent) desserts. This upscale tiki bar-inspired eatery is the number one choice for food snobs looking for vegan or vegetarian dishes in addition to locally sourced seafood. My personal favorite, their cornbread stack with fresh catch, is truly to-die-for.
Caps on the Water is a short drive north on A1A but not to be missed! Located on the intra-coastal waterway, it is one of the few restaurants around that enjoys a magnificent sunset view. Although there is extensive seating inside and outside (along with 3 bars) it is always crowded (and doesn’t take reservations) so plan accordingly. The seafood is always fresh, and the food is reliably fabulous, so it is worth the extra effort.
Finally, if you find yourself on Anastasia Island for dinner, head to Llama Restaurant, certainly one of the most unique restaurants in St. Augustine. It’s a very small space so reservations are suggested, but it’s considered one of the best restaurants in town. They serve up delicious Peruvian-inspired dishes and serve desserts with artistry and taste you will want to write home about.