Southern American

Serves meat, vegan options available. A synthesis of down home Southern comfort foods and lighter, healthier dishes, with some vegetarian choices. Focus on local and sustainable food sources. Tempeh can be substituted for meat in some dishes. In 2015 relocated from 39 Cordova St. Open Mon 11:00am-9:00pm, Wed-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

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96 Reviews

First Review by soopernish


Points +1329

27 Nov 2023

Great atmosphere, delicious hummus

I loved the food and atmosphere at The Floridian. We had the chips and dips, which was made with some of the best hummus I’ve had. The soup of the day is always vegan and gluten free, and we enjoyed a savory white bean and kale soup. This is a great place to eat while enjoying downtown St. Augustine.


Shane Rice

Points +24

24 Nov 2023

Great place

This place is great for vegans and non vegans. The waitress was very knowledgeable about what was vegan and what can be made vegan. The Golden Curry was absolutely delicious with the tempeh. The tacos were great with tofu. The fried green tomatoes can be veganized and delicious. I will come back in a heart beat next time in town. They even charge LESS for vegan proteins than meat!

Pros: Server knew her vegan stuff! , Wide selection for vegans and meat eaters. , Food was delicious. Generous portions


Points +221

03 Nov 2023

Great food and experience

Tons of vegan possibilities. The soup of the day was outstanding as were all the meals our party ordered. The server was great and very knowledgeable. Loved the ambiance. Will definitely be back next time I’m in town. There is a paid parking lot directly across from the entrance if you can get in there. It was pretty expensive to park there. You can pay by app or at the meter.

Pros: Delicious food, Lovely ambiance , Great service


Points +32

22 Oct 2023

Plenty of Delicious Vegan Options

We went for lunch and started with the soup of the day, a kale white bean soup which the server informed us from the get-go that it was vegan. That thing was pure delicious spicy goodness so off to a good start.

For a small-ish plate we had the chips and dips. The tortilla chips were so fresh and indulgent and don’t even get me started on the dips. The hummus was perfect but the black bean poblano dip took me by surprise how good it was.

For entrees it was very easy to veganize them as you can sub most of them with tofu/tempeh and also don’t have to take off half the toppings lol. I had the spicy melt with tofu and no cheese and it was super tasty on a fresh baguette. Only complaint is I would have preferred the tofu to have been crispier and not as soft.

Overall the place was great with a nice ambiance and the server was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Pros: Black bean poblano dip, Easily veganized menu without sacrificing taste, Knowledgeable staff


Points +11

Mostly Veg
10 Oct 2023

Fresh and delicious

Many options here! Tofu and tempeh are protein choices for many entrees. The use of fresh herbs in many dishes is a nice touch.

I ordered the grain bowl with marinated tofu. It was very tasty and fresh. (For the past month I have started eating mostly veg and don’t often eat tofu. This was some tasty tofu.) The fried green tomatoes are the best I’ve ever had. I tried the grit cakes in the ‘N Grits meal, very moist and delicious.

Service was very friendly and prompt.

Highly recommend.

Pros: Many veg options , Delicious, Good service


Points +384

08 Oct 2023

The tempeh tho

So when I first read the reviews for The Floridian, there was an overall pattern praise for the tempeh. I thought, “Not possible to prepare tempeh beyond “good”, but let’s find out.”

Ok, it’s truly quite delicious. I swear they must marinate it for days or something as it’s uniquely flavorful. It’s not an afterthought “alternative” option. It’s a great one that anyone would be happy to have.

I had the Posole with the tempeh option (minus the chips). I do recommend.

Updated from previous review on 2023-10-08

Pros: Vegan options, Knowledgeable, friendly service, Ambiance


Points +32

14 Sep 2023

Vegan? You should come here.

This restaurant has THE best implementation of Tempe I've EVER tried. In addition, the Staff was so helpful in explaining what on the menu could be had vegan, there was no need to constantly probe over all the dishes to find which was vegan and which weren't. The Nicoise and the Pozole with Tempe were just *chef's kiss*. They even have a vegan carrot cake that comes out warm and is honestly gustatory magic.

To top it all off, their to go containers are eco friendly paper based.

It's honestly a shame happy cow doesn't allow for a 5 star rating, because they honestly deserve it.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance.


Points +23

10 Sep 2023

Great Vegan Options!

I liked the Bowl with Quinoa, vegetables and Tempeh, the Carrot Cake and the super-tasty orange juice! Highly Recommended!

Pros: Many options, Taste, Service


Points +1812

04 Sep 2023

Great, easy, and knowledgeable spot

Honestly the best tempeh preparation I’ve ever had in these tacos. Worth coming just for that. But you’ll stay for the great drinks too


Points +116

27 Aug 2023

So nice ate there twice

We were in St Aug 2 days and ate there twice. Very fun, attractive ambience, attentive service, lots of vegan options. They are knowledgeable about how to veganize. Our food was tasty, reasonable and attractive. Servings were generous.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Good food, good value, Fun ambience


Points +18

23 Jul 2023

delicious & reasonably priced

the best vegan food i’ve had so far in florida. our server was so nice, educated & helpful with picking food. it was busy, but we made a reservation. 10/10 will be back again.


Points +31367

09 Jul 2023

Good options

A dec et amount of options that can be made vegan and are clearly marked on the menu.
They have both tempeh and tofu as protein and we opted for one of each in the tacos. Wedges were also oven baked so no need to worry about what they were cooked in.
Staff were helpful.

Pros: Good options, Staff


Points +91

28 Jun 2023

Unhelpful/rude waiter

The menu does not clearly show which dishes could be made vegan. I asked the waiter but he insisted that I read the menu. I responded that I had and it was not clear at all. He ended up being rude. I should have walked out. He was also unhelpful with the table next to me, who were vegetarians.
The food was good but I would not return to this place because of the bad service to vegans and vegetarians by this waiter (who told me and the people at the next table that he has been doing his job for twelve years).

Pros: Food was good (Tempeh tacos), Very reasonably priced

Cons: Unhelpful waiter, Rude waiter


Points +187

29 May 2023

Best meal I had on my American trip

Got to say my experience of food out in the states has been pretty bad. Extremely limited vegan options and when they are there it’s usually beyond meat that’s not even cooked well or thought about.
The food here was so fresh and seasoned perfectly, it was so nice to see somewhere that actually cared about vegan options!
Our server knew all the options on the menu and had tried all of them! She recommended the grain bowl to me, I got it with blackened tempeh which was so so good

On the side I got fried green tomatoes that were also delicious

The whole meal is a 5/5, would of eaten here everyday if I could

Pros: Great food, Cheaper than some places that are a lot worse!, Large selection of vegan options


Points +1542

14 May 2023


The food was delicious. I had the tomato veggie soup, golden curry tofu, and a vegan coconut cake with key lime frosting. Portions were large and all three things were amazing. It was so good that I finished everything on my plate even though I was super full. Worth it. Our server was a little lackluster and not very friendly but it looked like he was working a ton of tables at once and possibly was just overwhelmed. Definitely recommend eating here if you get a chance. Though I suggest making reservations. The place gets packed and wait times can exceed an hour.

Pros: Delicious food , Lots of vegan options , Vegan dessert

Cons: Long wait time, Possibly understaffed


Points +337

31 Mar 2023

Cute place with good food

This is a nice little restaurant near St. George Street with a vegan friendly menu. Everything was clearly labeled and many items can be veganized. They have both house marinated tofu and tempeh to choose from. The server was also knowledgeable about the vegan options. Very good food!

Updated from previous review on 2022-05-24

Pros: Vegan friendly menu clearly labeled, Staff is knowledgeable about vegan options, Tasty food and nice atmosphere


Points +28

12 Mar 2023


The Floridian has very clear vegan options. There isn’t a vegan only dish, but most of the items on the menu clarify if you can request it vegan or not. The food is delicious (I had the steak “tofu” frites). The flavors are unique and I would definitely recommend!

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Unique flavors, Amazing ambiance

Cons: Not fully vegan


Points +116

18 Jan 2023

Very knowledgeable staff

They normally have some sort of vegan soup special and then I know for sure that they have a black bean and sweet potato burger on the menu.

I like coming here because I know that if I ask for something to be vegan then I’m well taken care of. Whenever I decide to have a night out on the town …. My partner and I always go here.

Updated from previous review on 2023-01-18


Points +351

30 Dec 2022


Great recommendation form HappyCow. The servers guide you on what can be veganized - delicious food #Veganuary

Pros: Multiple veganizable option, Flavorful and creative, Knowledgeable servers

Cons: Requires reservation in advance


Points +72

18 Dec 2022

Tempeh tacos

Our lunch was very good. Our waitress was knowledgeable about veganism. Also, the vegan German chocolate cupcake was excellent.

Pros: Vegan options

Cons: Nothing


Points +272

15 Nov 2022

Yummy salad

A great variety of vegan options. I got the Ancient Grain Salad with tofu and was completely satisfied! So delicious and very filling

Pros: So many vegan options, Healthy options


Points +195

05 Nov 2022

Not clearly labeled, but great options

Our server was very knowledgeable and helped point out which options were easy to adapt for vegan. They clearly explained what was changed to make each dish vegan. The Citrus Beet Salad was a great flavor combination that I would normally go for. Also agree the chips and dips appetizer and left full and happy!

Pros: Plenty of modifiable meals, Tasty cocktails

Cons: Menu is not clearly labeled


Points +1074

22 Sep 2022


Most everything on the menu can be made vegan. Meats are substituted with either tofu or tempeh. Our meals were delicious!


Points +92

16 Sep 2022

Used to be better

I used to LOVE it here. Like I brought every person that came to visit here, I thought it was perfect. Good vegan options and something for everyone. I even went here the night I got engaged. About a year ago there was a piece of chicken in my vegan curry meal which just really threw me off and I didn’t want to finish my meal. They were apologetic and mistakes happen, I get it. After that, I went maybe 4 more times and the food was not good. One server would tell me a certain dressing was vegan and then the next time I went the server said it was not vegan. The one salad option had baby spinach with dirty super long stems, mushy as heck blueberries, chickpeas that tasted like they were right out of a can, and not fully cooked sweet potatoes. I don’t recommend that bowl. I hope they add some more vegan options in the winter.

Pros: Outdoor seating is very cute, Usually one vegan dessert option

Cons: Parking downtown is rough, Servers sometimes not knowledgeable


Points +307

06 Sep 2022

A Vegan Happy Place

Excellent vegan choices! It's worth the wait. Our servers were incredibly helpful with vegan requirements. The chef knows how to properly prepare (blacken) seitan and tofu (my wife is a plant-based chef, so the bar is high!). Good quality food! We will go back!

Sep 2022 Update. The menu changes often, but still serving excellent vegan choices!

Updated from previous review on 2019-10-19

Cons: Plan on relaxing some before getting a table...


Points +326

10 Jul 2022

Loved the food at this place!

Love their menu, many great options that are or can be make vegan! Also it was a pretty fast service and they have great cocktails too!

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Indoor and Outdoor seating

Cons: No parking


Points +51

30 May 2022

Many great vegan options!

This place has multiple vegan substitutes for main entrees (sub tofu) and has various salads for which you can add tempeh or tofu. I had the fried green tomatoes - request as vegan and they remove the cheese and give you a special sauce. I also had the golden curry with tofu and it was delicious!! Our waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly, service was timely, and everyone left satisfied!

Pros: Multiple options, Knowledgeable staff, Vegan friendly

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