The Best Seafood Restaurants in St. Augustine

Enjoy an assortment of interesting and inventive seafood restaurants right in the vicinity of our St. Augustine vacation home rentals. Whether they sit on the water or in the historic heart of the city, the below St. Augustine restaurants really give you a lot to bite into.

Sunset Grille

Ask a random local around, and they are very likely to say that Sunset grille has the best seafood in St. Augustine. For almost 30 years, Sunset grille has delivered big plates of seafood to an array of local and visiting guests. With its flair for bombast, its big beach-facing patio deck, and its Key West inspired cuisine, Sunset Grille really knows how to deliver food plus an experience.

One of the most impressive dishes is the Dang Datil Shrimp, soaked thick in a lovely datil sauce. There’s also another local favorite, combining thick chicken with luscious waffles and topping them both with spicy honey syrup and datil ranch sauce. This is, of course, the famous Chicken and Waffles platter. You can always go classic with the huge Baja Fish sandwich, and chase it all down with a slice of homemade Peanut Butter Pie. Don’t miss out on lunch, which includes Spinach Artichoke Dip, Fried Pickles, Chicken Tacos, Bang Bang Shrimp, and a number of other seafood classics.

Sunset Grille is right at 421 A1A Beach Blvd and is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with extended hours to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

Beachcomber Restaurant

Beachcomber Restaurant is the classic Florida nook. Bright blue and sitting right on the sand overlooking the gorgeous St. Augustine Beach, this nearly vintage-styled St. Augustine shack features street tacos, chowders, tasty burgers, and other welcoming lunch favorites.

It is a wonderful place for parents bringing their kids due to its spacious sandy pit playground. Beachcomber also seems to feature a rotating list of special local brews alongside its menu of seafood classics. This includes Sicilian Style Calamari, Southwestern Raviolis, Gator Tail, and Smoked Fish Dip, among others.

Beachcomber is located at 2 A St and is open every day of the week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

shrimp meal at st augustine restaurant

St. Augustine Seafood Company

This somewhat-new historic lounge-style cafe is located right on the end of famous St. George Street in historic St. Augustine. This bar and lounge has a very accessible vibe, paying homage to the history and heritage of the city. It includes all the staples with St. Augustine-focused twists, like chowder fries, a Florida citrus salad, four types of seafood sandwiches, and basket upon basket of fresh local shrimp, fish, and oysters.

It can be found nestled away at 33 St George St and is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with an extra few hours to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

Plan Your Vacation

After an enjoyable evening eating some of the area’s best seafood cuisine, head back to your St. Augustine beachfront rental for a relaxing night in with the whole family.

O’Steen’s Restaurant

For 50 years, O’Steen’s has graced the coast of St. Augustine. Its homely charms, vintage style, and distinct southern focus make it a perfect place to peer into the history of the ancient city. The diner is famous for remaining relatively the same throughout the decades, with its core menu of authentic and classic seafood. O’Steens emphasizes simplicity over bombast, delivering the basics of catfish, deviled crab patties, oysters, scallops, and more with a taste for the pure and simple. This is down-home Florida eating. If you enjoy a back-to-basics look at affordable and accessible seafood dining, this is your place.

O’Steens is closed Sunday and Monday but is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Catch 27

Catch 27 is a cozy but popular little seafood café nestled away on Charlotte St., a block over from St. George. Everything is made from scratch and is almost-entirely local. Catch 27 also focuses predominantly on fresh catch fish, including flounder, black drum, triggerfish, sheepshead, and snapper. For the taste of the Florida fish favorites, this is your best catch.

Catch 27 can be found at 40 Charlotte S and is open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).

Enjoy these restaurants, and many more, when staying at one of our highly-rated St. Augustine condo rentals.

Caps on the Water

Caps on the Water features an exhilarating and memorable deck side experience, one of the best in the whole city. Admire shifting yachts and eager kayakers as they cruise along the Tolomato River. The openness of the gorgeous wooden deck is one of Cap’s main appeals.

But it wouldn’t mean much without some top-quality seafood. Entrees include Honey Rosemary Salmon Baked, with honey Dijon and salmon over asparagus with a cranberry reduction, and the Seafood Trio, a classic Parmesan crab cake fried cod strips, and fried Mayport shrimp with coleslaw and hushpuppies.

Caps on the Water is located at 4325 Myrtle St and is open from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. In addition, it has extended hours for brunch at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This is a superior experience and one of the best St. Augustine, FL, seafood restaurants on the water.

Aunt Kates

Aunt Kates delivers warm family dining and prides itself as one of the coziest waterfront places to eat in St. Augustine.

While the restaurant offers simple sandwiches and soups, it’s the seafood we especially love. This includes classic scallops grilled, broiled, blackened, or fried, the two filet Mahi catch, and the very southern (and very much adored) Shrimp and Grits, a concoction of sautéed shrimp served over cheddar cheese grits and covered with bacon and mushroom country gravy. What’s more southern than that?

Aunt Kate’s rests on the water at 612 Euclid Ave. You will find it reliably open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and weeknights.

OC White’s Seafood and Spirits

OC White’s is a downtown district favorite and a long-standing staple of St. Augustine. A moody atmosphere, rustic vibes, and sprawling water views, and you got a spectacular dining experience. There is free parking on-site for guests, but it can fill up quickly. We suggest finding transportation accommodations from the St. Augustine waterfront rentals for easier access in and out of town.

It’s all well worth the venture downtown. There’s an assortment of seafood selections featuring Dutch garlic Saute, Bronzed Salmon, the Seafood Combo Mahi, crab, and shrimp, and finally, the exemplary Kauhi Mahi.

You can find OC White’s on the corner at 118 Avenida Menendez, right across from the Bridge of Lions. It is open Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Monday and Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (closed Tuesday). Hours may vary, so we suggest calling ahead to confirm the current seasonal hours.

The Black Molly Grill

The Black Molly is one of the finest places to eat open right now in St. Augustine. The dinner menu is particularly impressive, boasting Grilled Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Fish Abaco pan-seared in coconut rum cream sauce. 

Black Molly is at the Cobblestone Village in the city’s shopping region at 504 W Geoffrey St. it is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with extra hours to 10 p.m. on Frida and Saturday. 

person eating at st augustine restaurant

The Commander’s Shellfish Camp 

The Commander’s Shellfish Camp is a new food truck south of St. Augustine downtown. It features some southern lunch seafood staples alongside some great appetizers, like the fish dip and corn chowder. Everything is fresh, so the menu changes often. Enjoy oysters, local catch on a bun, and Mexican corn-style flounder.

You can dig up this excellent new spot at 7579 A1A S in Crescent Beach. It’s open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday (closed Monday and Tuesday). 

Elkhouse Eatery

In Treasure Beach, south of downtown, about 20 minutes, you’ll find the Elkhouse Eatery. This acclaimed little bistro has several favorites, like the Thai Chili Shrimp & Grits, the Whole Fried Snapper, and Scottish Salmon, a fantastic seafood selection Brushed with jalapeno and apricot glaze, then broiled on a literal Cedar plank.

It is at 6357 A1A S and is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily (closed Sunday and Monday).