1905 day at Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine is celebrating the restaurant’s 110th anniversary Sunday, September 20!  They’re rolling back the prices to what customers may have paid in 1905, when the first of the Florida-famous Cuban restaurants opened in Ybor City.

Note today’s prices on the menu vs. “1905” prices listed under it!!

Columbia’s 1905 menu:

• Chicken & Yellow Rice “Ybor” – $2.95
• Boliche (eye round of beef) – $2.95
• Merluza “Russian Style” – $2.95  Regularly $19.95!!
• Columbia’s Original “1905″ Salad™ – $1.95
• Spanish Bean or Cuban Black Bean Soup: cup – .50 cents or bowl .75 cents  A bowl is $4.95 on the current menu!
• Sangria: glass – $.95 cents or pitcher – $4.95  What a deal!! It’s $17.95 any other day!
• Flan – $.50 cents
• Richly brewed American coffee – $.05 cents

We’ve been going to Columbia all my 35 years. I remember special trips to Columbia Ybor, St. Augustine’s Columbia & the Sarasota Columbia Restaurant with my grandparents.  My hubby & I continue the tradition by taking our kiddos to St. Augustine’s Columbia Restaurant {<-read the blog there}. And we always join the crazy on 1905 Day- it’s a fun memory for the kiddos! Since we’re a family of 9, they seated us at two tables last year- a boys table & a girl’s table. If they do that this year, I won’t complain… baby Wesley is a boy so that means the wiggly worm will be at the boys’ table! Ha!

No reservations are available for this special event, so go for the day and r-e-l-a-x… maybe grab a sangria at the bar while you wait! Lines are notoriously long. Expect a 1-2 hour wait.

Also remember to tip your server. It’s a super fun promotion but be sure to make it fun for everyone by tipping big (on current prices, not 1905 prices!)

Columbia Restaurant St. Augustine
98 St. George Street * (904) 824-3341
1905 Special Pricing: Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Noon – 7:00 pm

This post is updated annually. Don’t be confused by comments from years past!


  1. Diane Gray says

    How does someone find out what day your 1905 day will be on? I seem to miss it every year. I have lived here for 26 years and I have never had the chance to go. Any helpful hints you can give would be greatly appreciated!!

  2. valencia says

    Mike just said “Guess I know where we will be on Sunday.” We love Columbia. He took me to the one in Tampa for our first overnight trip when dating….it was a moment I knew I wanted to marry this man!

  3. Anonymous says

    1905 Day is always the 3rd Sunday in September.

    • says

      Isn’t it a fun way to mark the seasons? Who needs fall colors and snow on the ground… we have beach days & 1905 Day! LOL

  4. Wm. H Johnson says

    One year we caught this event quite by accident! What a surprize, there was no unusually long wait and we were just taken back a restaurant would choose to do this to celebrate their anniversary. We came home and told antone who would listen about our fun time celebrating your anniversary! Good wishes to you on this 110 Anniversary, hope you have 110 again! Love your place both in St. Augustine and in Tampa.

    • says

      Wow! What a great memory! You hit it just right! 🙂 ~Allie O.

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