Dine at One of the Best Restaurants in St. Augustine During Your Vacation

High-end seafood dinner with a water view. Renovated and revamped industrial buildings with classy cocktails. St. Augustine restaurants are splendid, varied, and all worthy attractions in their own right. We cover the best restaurants in St. Augustine for you to visit to get a real taste of the city dining experience. Be sure to review our list of vacation rentals in St. Augustine, FL and find the perfect vacation escape waiting for you.

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The Reef Restaurant

The Reef has that genuine Florida vibe you can fall in love with. The ocean waves splash in your sightline as you indulge in giant seafood plates, often with ingredients and fish sourced from the local region. There’s a Sunday brunch where you can really take it up a level, as well as rotating dinner and lunch menus. 

You will find an array of lovely Florida staples for lunch, like oysters piquant, spinach artichoke dip, vegetarian pasta, jambalaya, grilled cauliflower, and scallops. The sandwiches are delightful- mahi, crab, prime rib, and Carolina chicken help round out the selections.

Dinner features seafood selects, like seafood pasta, shrimp imperial with baked prawns, crab stuffing, and crab red pepper thyme, and some amazing snow crab legs, simplified and perfected.

The Reef is a real winner. It is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at 4100 Coastal Hwy, not far from the neighboring St. Augustine beachfront rentals.

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Ice Plant Bar

We love the Ice Plant Bar. For large seafood dishes and a big meal, you may find more success at Harry’s or the Reef. But for innovative and fascinating cocktails in an industrial renovated ice plant, there is nothing better in the whole state.

Ice Plant Bar is housed in a genuine former ice plant, and this ambiance courses into every item you can order. All cocktails are fitted with hand-crafted ice from the plant. This second-story bar is surrounded by dense pipes and a historic atmosphere appropriate for an ice plant originating from the mid-18th century.

While the Ice Plant is not a conventional restaurant per se, you will find grass-fed beef and burgers, local seafood, and other appetizer-light vegetarian options and daily specials.

The Ice Plant does not take call aheads or reservations. It is open most days from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (to midnight on Friday and Saturday).

Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grille

Harry’s is a Florida favorite, with six main locations spread throughout most of northeast Florida.

This classic patio restaurant is all about excellent seafood- and it shows. Massive plates and bowls coated in jumbo shrimp, rice, scallops, crab cakes, and more are quite common. While the menus for lunch and dinner are currently limited, you’ll still find some of our favorites, like the shrimp scampi, calamari, French baked scallops, andouille crusted grouper, and classic crawfish. 

Harry’s has a bourbon street aesthetic mixed with some Florida flavors, giving you a nice Cajun, creole, southern jambalaya of influences. Harry’s is at 46 Avenida Menendez. It is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Floridian Restaurant

If we had to pick a top restaurant in St. Augustine, you may be able to convince us to settle on The Floridian. The Floridian is local across the board, relying almost exclusively on locally sourced and fresh ingredients. This means that tiny adjustments are made to the menu seasonally, such as the trade-off of salsa or fresh lime to an amazing seafood dish.

With that said, The Floridian has trimmed the fat, providing a short but accentuated menu of top-tier dishes. The Dixie Burger is a mouth-watering ½ lb. Beef Burger OR a Black Bean and Sweet Potato Veggie Burger on ciabatta, while the N’ Waffles is BBQ pulled pork and waffles- a combination you will reminisce about for days.

You will find the Floridian in downtown St. Augustine. It has an on-site parking lot, though payment is required (about $5). The address is 72 Spanish St #3638 and it is open most days from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cafe Alcazar

Café Alcazar, resting inside the famous Lightner Museum, is a cherished tourist favorite for lunch. Its luxurious ambiance and refined menu really makes for a treat. It features assorted New American favorites, with a focus on the soup/salad combination with a half sandwich. 

Café Alcazar is at 25 Granada St and is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
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