I would like to do a some restaurant reviews, the more I think about this subject the more overwhelmed I get since this is a Restaurant town. St. Augustine has eateries to satisfy any taste or budget. I suppose this topic of mine might have to be continued over several blogs and today I would like to start with a few Restaurants “On The Water” that I personally enjoy. If I leave out one of your favorite places I may cover it in another blog, but in the meantime please leave me a comment and tell me all about your favorite on the water place and tell me why I should go there.
These three places are located on or just off A1A north in St. Augustine, Florida.
Let’s start with The Reef, http://www.thereefstaugustine.com/, this is the place for ocean front dining. Not only do I go there myself but I really like taking out of town guests here because of the great food and wonderful ocean views. Inside is tastefully decorated with linen table cloths and wrap around windows for an unobstructed view of the sand and sea! Here you can enjoy lunch for around $15 and dinner can average about $50 per person if you include appetizer and a cocktail. Like most places around town summer casual is accepted but dressing up fits nicely for the weekend evenings. I suggest making reservations for this is a popular place. You can’t go wrong starting with the saffron mussels or fried green tomatoes, two of my favorite appetizers. Daily specials are always available, I had swordfish the last time I was there and it was very good, I was pleased. I have been going to The Reef for many years and have never been disappointed. Here you’ll find a full bar with a nice wine list and a formal attentive staff.
Caps on the Water, http://www.capsonthewater.com/menu/, is a local favorite, and someone told the tourists about this place because it’s always busy. Located on the intercostal water way this is what you expect a restaurant in Florida to look like. A great place for couples and families complete with a beach for your children to play on while you enjoy the meal. Appetizers run around $10 and dinner averages $22, there is a full bar inside and one outside on the deck with water views and a big selection of oysters. The last time I was there I saw plenty of boats and even dolphins playing in the water. You can get here by boat or by car and the views are fantastic, this place is really a piece of old Florida and your out of town guests will love it. I like to start with the fried Alligator Tail or the Oysters Rockefeller, and sometimes I have both and just make that my meal. The seafood dinners are always good from fish, shrimp and crab legs, getting hungry: I know I am. My sister ordered a steak and it was cooked to her liking and whenever she visits me she wants to go back to Caps. It opens at 4:30 during the week, get there early so you don’t have to wait for a table. On the weekend, that includes Friday, the doors open at 11:30. This place gets pretty busy as the day goes on, so be patient order a drink and take a walk out on the pier I promise it’s worth the wait. They have inside and outside dining but I always sit outside, after all, that’s why I go there. It’s a fun relaxed place and the staff are attentive and seem truly happy all the time.
Aunt Kate’s, http://aunt-kates.com/index.html, this is smaller than Caps but also on the water and very casual. The average price of lunch or dinner is about $13; they serve seafood, steak, burgers, pasta and salads. I like the Coconut Shrimp and the fish tacos, if you’ve never had fish tacos you should give them a try, order the fish anyway you like, grilled, blackened or fried. I go for the blackened myself. When you sit down they will give you a nice cake like bread basket full of surprises, and I’m sure you’ll be asking for more. The food is always fresh, the staff friendly and always happy to make suggestions. They have seating inside and outside on the deck.
Well if you’re out and about looking for a place to eat while enjoying the St Augustine sunshine you can’t go wrong with any of these places. I’ll blog about more On the Water restaurants in the near future.