Wine and fine food is a matched pair, like Cagney and Lacey or Wayne Gretzky and the only thing people remember about hockey. Slapstick your face with flavor using today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Spanish cuisine and drinks at the The Tasting Room, located in historic downtown St. Augustine.
Resting at the feet of landmark Castillo de San Marcos, The Tasting Room invites guests to lounge atop plush couches while reveling in live music and upscale eats and drinks. French chef Matthieu Landillon is the mastermind behind The Tasting Room's Golden Spoon–winning menu of tapas, paellas, salads, and more, utilizing fresh ingredients and his gastronomic education from Le Cordon Bleu to craft a menu that transports taste buds to the streets of Barcelona without requiring taste-bud owners to use up precious PTO days or genie wishes. Take advantage of a warm evening by sipping something from the eatery's extensive wine list out on the patio, or hide from a smitten homing pigeon by staying indoors and burying your face in a plate of cordero asado, a roasted rack of lamb with port reduction.
Florida Trend listed The Tasting Room as a Top 500 Restaurant and honored the restaurant with a Golden Spoon Award. More than 75 TripAdvisors rate it 4.5 owl eyes and list it as one of the top twenty restaurants in St. Augustine. Yelpers give it a four-star average, and 77% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- Food was delicious and the orders were large enough for 4 people to sample each plate. – modcon, TripAdvisor
- Restaurants with this kind of inviting environment, stellar live music, intelligent cuisine, and extensive wine list are hard to find... If you're looking for a romantic, exotic, cozy restaurant with scrumptious, interesting cuisine, don't miss the Tasting Room. – JBitt, TripAdvisor
The Tasting Room
As they pass under the hanging gilded sign that's wrapped in climbing vines, visitors to The Tasting Room begin their journey into Florida's Spanish history. Upon entering, the sounds of live Spanish guitar fill the dining room, from its wrought-iron chandeliers and crimson walls to the heavy wooden tables and Spanish murals in vivid colors. Behind these rooms, wine racks displaying more than 1,000 international wines stretch from floor to ceiling, and Marseilles-born chef Matthieu Landillon runs his kitchen.
Under his direction, the culinary team draws inspiration from the surrounding sea, Spain's varied regions, and dreams where Pablo Picasso demands that they cook him a vibrant menu of small and large dishes. The team plates tapas to serve inside or on the patio—such as Florida Gulf red snapper in escabeche, basque chorizo, and goat-cheese terrine—and fashions larger entrees such as local seafood stew, churrasco-style flat-iron steak, and roasted butternut-squash risotto. The efforts of the chef, musicians, and sommeliers have earned The Tasting Room awards for Best Music, Best Wine List, and Best Upscale Dining in the Best of St. Augustine 2010 contest, as well as a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2012.
93% of 67 customers recommend
“Food is excellent, service was great, and loved the live music.”
“Great food, great wine, great service. ”
“Awesome food and great beer”