The best part of owning a bed and breakfast in St. Augustine is the opportunity to celebrate so many special occasions with our guests. (Well, that and the free Maringria every night!) Wedding anniversaries, birthdays, new promotions, holidays…we’re always happy to share a toast with our guests to the most important days in their lives.
Which is why the question that we answer the most from our guests is this: “What are the best restaurants in town?” I thought it would be nice to keep a list of our faves, and here it is:
Collage. This is a small but wonderful restaurant, and everything about it screams “special occasion”–from the nice wine list to the small intimate tables, to the pleasant but not overbearing service. Our favorites are the fresh black grouper, and the lobster ravioli. Both are pretty heavy, but it’s worth leaving a little room to try their homemade ice cream. 60 Hypolita. www.collagestaug.com. 904.829.0055.
Old City House. Old City House was purchased by our friend Juan Solano in 2013, and it quickly became one of our favorites (and not just because Juan usually has a glass of wine with us–we could do that at the bar if we didn’t just love the food). We usually go with one of the daily specials, but if they don’t hit it for you, the sea bass is always a good option. Ask about desserts–some of their delicious concoctions are almost as tall as Sandy! 115 Cordova. www.oldcityhouse.com/restaurant/menu. 904.826.0113.
Michael’s Tasting Room. Chef Michael Lugo serves up international food with a flair. His recipes draw on his native Puerto Rico, and include local favorites, like the indigenous datil pepper, used on appetizers like grilled oysters, and pinchos boricua (grilled pork skewers). Enjoy a light dinner of small plates, or try one of his masterful entrees–the elegant atmosphere and attentive service will make you feel special–perfect for your special occasion! 25 Cordova Street. www.michaelstastingroom.com. 904.810.2400.
Costa Bravo. The Casa Monica is a beautiful hotel, and its dining room is a lavish-over-the-top bit of Moorish excess (which is just the way I like it). This is a dark, romantic spot, with plush seats and hidden corners–perfect for a special anniversary. I could make a meal of the warm bread, dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, so that often distracts me from the main course, but I vaguely remember loving the sweet corn & datil pepper soup (which went great with the bread). 95 Cordova Street. www.casamonica.com. 904.810.6810.
Preserved. Preserved is in a (preserved) Victorian house in Lincolnville. Previously used as a local grocery, the renovated building was moved in 2016 and is now home to a lovely upscale restaurant. Enjoy their housemade charcuterie board, or one of the farm fresh entrees, like the cheshire porch chop, served with braised cabbage, apple, fingerling potatoes and a pommery mustard cream. 102 Bridge Street. www.preservedrestaurant.com. 904.679.4940.
So happy engagement-babymoon-new job-anniversary to you!! And if you’re celebrating something special, please let us know–we’d love to celebrate with you at our favorite bed and breakfast in St. Augustine! 🙂
List updated on 11/25/17.