Ready to try some new restaurants in St. Augustine? Surprising though it is…there are quite a few!
Before I list some new places, a hat tip to the perennial favorites. I am in AWE of the restauranteurs in St. Augustine, who have managed to keep their businesses open through this pandemic. They have all been so resilient–changing menus, rearranging tables, creating curbside dishes to go.
We are lucky to be part of such an amazing business community.
As impressive as just surviving 2020 is, it’s a whole other level to actually open a NEW restaurant in the midst of all of this uncertainty.
If you’re a regular in St. Augustine, but couldn’t come in 2020, there are a BUNCH of new restaurants to try on your next visit.
Here are some of the spots we suggest:
Alta marea means high tide, and the restaurant specializes in seafood, done with an Italian flair.
Some of the menu may look familiar to St. Augustine regulars, as Alta Marea is the newest restaurant from chef-owner Simone Parisi, of Terra and Acqua Restaurant on Anastasia Island. Alta Marea is located at the intersection of Aviles Street and King, an easy walk from the Bayfront Marin House. Some house favorites are on the menu–like frito misto. my favorite appetizer–but definitely more of a focus on seafood and fresh pasta. The local-caught grouper is excellent, and for those who prefer a little meat, the Papperdelle Oxtail is delicious. www.altamareadowntown.com.
St. Augustine Fish Camp
St. Augustine has always been surrounded by water, but it seems as if there is a new waterfront area–on the Western end of town, near the St. Augustine Distillery. If St. Augustine Fish Camp sounds familiar, you may have seen some of its sister locations–Palm Valley Fish Camp in Ponte Vedra, North Beach Fish Camp in Neptune Beach, and Julington Creek Fish Camp in Jacksonville.
This latest restaurant from owners Ben and Liza, St. Augustine Fish Camp is a fairly long walk from the inn–at least 25 minutes, which sounds a little far for dinner. I recommend driving there; parking is simple with a connected lot, and valet parking on weekends. As with their other restaurants, the fish is excellent, and a friend of mine raved about the Prime Rib. They are on the water, and there is a lot of outdoor seating. I recommend reservations there, as it has been very popular. BONUS: St. Augustine Fish Camp is now open for lunch from Tuesday-Sunday. www.staugustinefishcamp.com.
While Culinary Outfitters may seem new, it’s actually just a new location. It used to be on a side street, across Route 1. Their new location, near the shipyards, means that a lot more people will enjoy their elevated comfort food. Try the fresh fried chicken, or the blue crab dip (this Maryland girl is always happy when someone uses blue crab and Old Bay). It’s right on the water, and has a lot of outdoor seating. Due to Covid, they are not taking reservations–everything is first come, first served. They serve lunch and dinner. www.culinaryoutfitters.org.
St. Augustine Fish House and Oyster Camp–January Grand Opening
Completing your tour of St. Augustine waterways, check out the new St. Augustine Fish House and Oyster Camp on the San Sebastian River, just off Route 1 at the Home Depot. Housed in the old Creekside Dinery, the new owners have completely revamped the space, updating it to a sleek chic spot. If you’re looking for outdoor seating, they have a 4,000 square foot deck with a fire pit. Stay tuned–as soon as they open, I’ll let you know how it is! St Augustine Fish House & Oyster Company | Facebook (I couldn’t find a website for them yet, but the Facebook page has information).
Odd Birds Bar
Odd Birds moved to their current location on Anastasia Island so they could spread out a little bit. It’s all the more room for their amazing craft cocktails– like the Wild Moon Child a sweet but acidic cocktail with Tequila, Strawberry, Pineapple, Lime & Fernet Vallet. Great bar food too–arepas, empanadas, tequenos, and chicarrones–oh my! (They have great dinners as well, but I recommend a pile of appetizers so you have room to sample several cocktails). When people ask me where the locals hang out, this is where I send them. www.oddbirdsbar.com.
When you want to grab a drink close to the inn, Forgotten Tonic on Aviles is not one to forget. Now in the space that used to be Cellar 6, Forgotten Tonic has a nice selection of wines by the glass, as well as innovative cocktails that change seasonally. If you (or one of your friends) is doing a dry-January, try the Stealing Second, a bright drink with grapefruit, lime, basil, and elderflower tonic. You won’t miss the alcohol at all. www.forgottentonic.com.
Located right on St. George Street, next to Prohibition Kitchen (which is a fairly new restaurant itself), the Roosevelt Room has made a name for themselves for their extensive brunch and breakfast menu. I know, I know…you’re staying at a wonderful bed and breakfast, so who needs breakfast or brunch? It’s true, but if you like breakfast as much as I do, this is a great place to enjoy it all day. Plus a nice selection of cocktails.www.pkstaug.com.
Of course, if you’re planning a visit, don’t forget your favorite St. Augustine places to eat! As I said, I’ve been amazed at the innovation and resilience of all of our restauranteurs–they are what makes St. Augustine the best Foodie Town in the south!!
(I recommend that guests call ahead to any restaurants, to see if there are any restrictions in terms of indoor dining, group size, etc. I have tried to note when restaurants are taking reservations, and when they are not, but it is always best to check as things change quickly).