From the shores of the Tolomato River and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic to the Matanzas Bay and rooftops over looking the historic city – St. Augustine has it all. Not only does St. Augustine have great dining, the Old City offers great dining with a view! Here are some of our favorite local places that not only have delicious food, but also offer some breathtaking scenery.
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Cap’s On The Water
4325 Myrtle Street
Starting our list is the ever popular Cap’s On The Water. With an Old Florida style deck, this waterfront seafood restaurant sits on the shores of the Tolomato River, giving you a gorgeous view in addition to incredible food. Their ever evolving but always uplifting outdoor oyster bar is a great place to drink a beer and enjoy appetizers while taking in the sunsets that have made Cap’s famous. It is a nice respite from the fine dining experience that they have become known for. At night you can enjoy the deck and still gaze out onto the water as you dine under their twinkling lights.
173 Shipyard Way
Culinary Outfitters has become the new landmark restaurant in St. Augustine with 250 seats and a sustainably sourced seafood-inspired menu. Amid coastal modern décor, this 6,000 square foot of interior space overlooking the water also has an additional 8,000 square feet of open-air dining, fire pits, and docking slips for up to 85 boats. For locals used to living in a vacation destination like St. Augustine, this is the perfect place to go in town to get those vacation escape vibes without leaving the city.
4100 Coastal Highway
The Reef has one of the most spectacular oceanfront settings in Northeast Florida. Few culinary experiences parallel tasting fresh seafood above the dunes of the Atlantic. In fact, they are one of the only St. Augustine restaurants on the water. While dining on their patio, you’re just a few steps from the beautiful Atlantic ocean. Guests eating inside will appreciate large window views of the sand and waves.
Beaches at Vilano
254 Vilano Road
Tucked away on the waters edge, away from the main stream, Beaches is truly a little vacation spot right in our hometown where you can relax and enjoy a ‘no worries’ Caribbean island atmosphere. Known for having great food and signature drinks, Beaches is a great place where you can dine with your toes in the sand and listen to live music every weekend.
Aunt Kate’s Restaurant
612 Euclid Avenue
Situated in a grove of live oaks on the bank of the Tolomoto River, Aunt Kate’s is perfect for a laid-back waterfront experience. If you want to add to the nautical charm, you can even travel there by boat and tie up at their dock before you dig into some of their delicious food. Continuing over 100 years of serving the finest in local seafood, Aunt Kate’s pleasures both the eye and the palate.
St. Augustine Fish Camp
142 Riberia Street
New to the St. Augustine food scene, St. Augustine Fish Camp is known for presenting homey and sophisticated seafood dishes with Southern hospitality. Along with their other Fish Camp locations in North Florida, St. Augustine Fish Camp is the result of the owners’ vision to create a restaurant with a neighborhood feel, serving the freshest seafood with amazing views, and old favorite entrees with creative, new twists. Visit Fish Camp for an unforgettable lunch or dinner experience with a lively atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and spectacular views.
A1A Ale Works
1 King Street
Located in historic downtown St. Augustine, A1A Aleworks’ dining room and private function facilities overlook the scenic Mantanza Bay. With made from scratch fresh food and a unique selection of rotating craft beers, this family-friendly restaurant offers a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Head on upstairs and dine on their outside deck for one of the best views of the Bayfront and Bridge of Lions.
118 Avenida Menendez
Tucked inside a historic home, this American grill serves up lots of seafood dishes and frozen drinks. O.C. White’s has a history dating back to 1790, originally constructed by Don Miguel Ysnardy, a prominent St. Augustinian. The house served as one of the first hotels in St. Augustine. Now you can dine outside on their patio under twinkling lights in the heart of the city while enjoying delicious dishes next to the bay.
69 Lewis Boulevard
If you’re looking for a friendly spot to enjoy a cold beer and fresh local seafood, you’re going to love Hurricane Patty’s. Located on Oyster Creek, Hurricane Patty’s Waterfront Bar & Grill has been retrofitted in a 1920s historic fish house where fresh shrimp and fish were cleaned before they made their way to market. Later, shrimp boats were crafted here too, built and balanced on railroad tracks until construction was finished and they were “rolled” into the water. Now, you can kick back island style and enjoy some delicious bites with a wide array of signature drinks to wash them down with.
The Conch House
57 Comares Ave
A beloved local legend with a tiki vibe and laid-back ambiance, The Conch House is perfect for a relaxing weekend meal as you look out over the water. On Saturdays and Sundays, from November to February, they offer their Fresh Market Seafood Boil with oysters, shrimp, crab legs and more. They strive to offer the freshest ingredients and change up the menu to keep things interesting.
252 Yacht Club Drive
Right on the water in Camachee Cove Harbor, Kingfish Grill has garnered a reputation for top-of-the-line sushi from a trained sushi master, who builds rolls both traditional and creative. But sushi isn’t their only specialty, this casual seafood eatery, with their cheery dining room and dockside patio, has a great atmosphere to enjoy a variety of outstanding seafood.
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St. Augustine Fish House & Oyster Company
160 Nix Boat Yard Road
You can’t beat the views at St. Augustine Fish House & Oyster Company. Their 4,500-square-foot deck, complete with an oversized fire pit for roasting marshmallows, sits at the Gonzales Creek and overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. Inside, their large picture frame windows allow you to see the water from every room. Their indoor/outdoor concept and Old Florida vibes make it the perfect place to dine on the freshest seafood and enjoy delicious drinks while taking in the scenery and listening to live music every night of the week.