Only Order a Drink Here… {where not to eat}

I don’t write bad reviews.  I know awful experiences are funny to read about but I teach my kids “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all!” and I’m choosing to do likewise.

Bad reviews aren’t just funny, though, in some instances they can help you avoid salmonella or other awful stomach-twisting nights on the… err… throne.  So I offer a list of restaurants locals “only order drinks” from.  If you choose to eat at these anyways- well, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Please don’t eat at Only Order Drinks From:

  • Santa Maria Restaurant – Yes, the only restaurant in historic St. Augustine on the water.  If you’re looking for a view, try Harry’s balcony, A1A Ale House, OC White’s, Meehan’s, or Acapulco.  Not all of those are favorites, but all are better than… well, you know.
  • Milltop - It has an amazing mill wheel rotating on it’s side- certainly one of St. Augustine’s most photographed spots!!  {recognize the spot below?}  They have great live music some nights so just go for drinks.  Take it from a friend of a friend!

If you have had amazing experiences at these, feel free to comment telling me how wrong I am!  Or if there are other places I should add to the list, comment away.  Again, we’re not talking just bad service or bland food… although those are out there!  This list is for “I worked in the kitchen and you better never eat there” or “My mom & sister both threw up all night after dinner there” kind of places.

Those of you who are new to town & have no clue where to eat… may I suggest starting with a Foodie Tour?  I’ve been on two: Savory Faire {<- it’s all about the food} and Historic Walking Tours’ St. Augustine Food Tour {<- combines the history of the area with great food experiences}.  These will acquaint you with great local restaurants and your guide will be very knowledgeable about other local eats!!

Other food/beverage experiences I’ve blogged about:


  • Jim

    I agree, wholeheartedly, in your assessment of Santa Maria’s…the view is fantastic and the kids enjoy ‘feeding the fish’, but the food, in my opinion, is worse than bad bar food! Harry’s is a favorite of my family.

    December 30, 2012
  • Santa Maria is the Worst place in town! Tried it and hated it. Tried it again, just to see if it was me. Hated it then too. Never again.

    Best view in town…. Acapulco. Best food in town…tough choice, but I love Columbia/95 Cordova and Bistro de Leon.

    Favorite Locals place: Schooners/Zaharias/Acapulco

    December 30, 2012
    • Wayne- I haven’t made it to Schooners OR Zaharias yet. I’ll add them to my list!

      January 2, 2013
  • There are several others, but I can’t speak of them! ;) I will add that the Saint Augustine Independent Restaurant Association is a great place to start when looking for local restaurants … Some of my favorites are members …

    December 31, 2012
  • dennis

    Went to Floridian last night (on Cordova). man that was good! slow cooked BBQ on Belgium waffles, black bean coconut soup, chocolate bacon cupcakes and excellent mahi mahi. Great place to freak out your taste buds!

    January 20, 2013
    • Wow- I haven’t tried ANY of those there!! Sounds like you had an amazimg meal- thanks for sharing… and for adding Black Bean Coconut Soup to my must try list!

      January 21, 2013
  • Maybe that is why the Santa Maria has all the construction going on. Trying to cover up how bad the food is. hahaha. My mom and sister went to Harry’s when we first moved here during lunch. I dont think they waited to eat. But it was lunch….the food was okay but not mind blowing.

    February 9, 2013

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